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Adobe Photoshop Tutorials

June 26th, 2012 Alina Guzman Graphic Design, Tech No comments

I have recently began an extensive researching process to pick out the ultimate portable graphic design laptop. I’ve been debating Mac vs PC for quite some time. While I’ve always been a PC girl, I can definitely see Mac’s advantage for the design world. Whenever I ask anyone, Mac is the most obvious answer they give. But I know a PC computer can be just as great, you just have to find the right build! Or at least tweak it yourself.

I’m leaning towards the new 15″ Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook. It has strong specs and is ridiculously light (about 3 pounds). One of the main programs I’ll be running on it is, of course, Photoshop. Right now I’m using it on an ASUS EEE PC Netbook. Yes, its about as frustrating as you are imagining. It’s no wonder I’m going all out to ensure my next laptop will run all my Adobe Creative Suite programs smoothly.

In light of the enticement of a new laptop, I happily stumbled upon something awesome. I just discovered an amazing (and free) resource for Adobe Photoshop CS5: An Idiots Guide to Photoshop. This 4 part tutorial was written by Azamat “Bohed” E. from TrueKolor.net for the blog MakeUseOf.com. The tutorials range from the complete basics like how to create a document, to the more advanced effects like creating animations. You can download them in either PDF or E-Pub format (for nook, kindle, ipad). I got both versions for my laptop, tablet, and phone (you can never be too prepared).

Here are the links to the tutorials from Makeuseof.com [all of these have 2 versions but you have to take some steps to download them- you can quickly share them on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook and receive the link to download the Epubs]

Here are the links to the tutorials from TrueKolor.net [some of these are PDF only- you can download them by right clicking Save As]

 

Don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions about the downloading process.

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Sailing on the Hudson River

June 18th, 2012 Alina Guzman NYC, Yelp Reviews No comments

Yesterday marked one of the most exciting things I’ve done to this day. Last summer I impulsively purchased 2 Yelp deals (I’m subscribed to so many of these kinds of sites, its hard not to find something you like everyday), and booked a Father’s Day sail for me and my dad. Manhattan by Sail is a company that offers an array of sailing options around the Hudson River. I booked a 90 minute day time trip on the Shearwater, and 82 foot classic schooner. They have so many other intriguing options, including the Happy Hour sail with a free open bar, 4th of July Fireworks sail, Wine tasting sail with an expert, and a romantic late night sail.

The Shearwater is located in the North Cove Marina in Battery Park City right by a beautiful park where you can sit and enjoy the views. With about 30 passengers, the schooner set out to sail pretty close to the Statue of Liberty, made a U turn and came back to dock. Along the way, you see amazing views of the Manhattan, Jersey City, and Brooklyn skylines. You also come across plenty of other ferries, boats, and yachts along the way with eagerly waving passengers. There really is nothing better than sailing, sipping on a cool glass of wine and enjoying the view. Definitely something to try again.

Here is a more detailed review of my experience on Yelp.

North Cove Marina and the Shearwater schooner



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Lightbox discontinued

June 15th, 2012 Alina Guzman Tech No comments

Sadly, Lightbox was discontinued today. Last month, Facebook announced that it was buying out the social Android-only photo sharing application. Existing users like myself were given the option to download all our photos before the site shut down. Thankfully Instagram opened up to the Android population but its still sad to see this app go. Hopefully now the Lightbox team can bring some much needed help to Facebook’s mobile apps; they are ridiculously laggy!

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CUNY Students! Behold the Theatre Development Fund

June 14th, 2012 Alina Guzman Art, NYC No comments

I usually don’t pay any mind to the “This Week at CUNY” emails we students are constantly bombarded with but one recently caught my eye. ‘Broadway Discounts and Beyond’ is not something I can readily ignore. Upon closer inspection, I found out there is a not-for-profit organization, the Theatre Development Fund, that specifically caters to the support of the theatrical arts. Their mission is to both support the art and to allow diverse audiences to attend performances.

Membership with TDF includes a small annual fee for the opportunity to purchase tickets at up to 70% off. The prices range from $9 to $41. Full time students are one of the groups that qualify to TDF Membership. Other groups include teachers, recent graduates, union members, retirees, and performing arts professionals. CUNY students get to join for a reduced annual fee of $10. Its a ridiculously simple process and once completed, you have at your disposal 7 categories of performances to choose from around the city including Broadway, Off Broadway, Dance, Opera, and Rock.

Most importantly, members can purchase up to 9 tickets for each performance so you can bring your friends and family along. This is a great way to become more intertwined with New York culture. I’m looking forward to my first show. I haven’t picked up any tickets yet but once I do I’ll go over the process.

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Williamsburg Art Scene: BYOB Painting Class

June 14th, 2012 Alina Guzman Art, NYC, Yelp Reviews No comments

Lately I’ve been on such an art kick; letting it take me to places I never thought I’d go. Namely, Williamsburg. I have just about every “daily deal” account under the moon that offers NYC deals. Months ago I stumbled upon a Groupon deal for a Bring Your Own Booze Painting Class that really intrigued me. Booze and painting? Sounds like fun.

The Painting Lounge, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, offers super fun and unique BYOB classes where you recreate a work of art. I was dying to paint Van Gogh’s Starry Night so I waited a few months and finally got into a class for it! You can read the rest of my detailed review on yelp but here is the main gist. The owner Kevin, who has incredible taste in music, provides all materials necessary for the class. Paints, brushes, canvas, apron, bottle opener, cups for your booze, you need it? he’s got it. The best part is you get to keep your canvas at the end! Choose to have it framed (for about $30) or just staple a string onto it and hang it up (finally managed to hang mine up, evidence right here). I put it smack under the poster of the original Starry Night, just to keep things interesting.

Hikalu (check out the visual blog she curates, its amazing) agreed to come with and we had a blast. To our surprise, our class session was being covered by the press! Lore Croghan from the Daily News was there with a photographer interviewing each student and snapping away pictures. You can read the article here. (Yes, that is me in the photo. To my dismay, I somehow managed to sit right in the hot seat for the photographer.)

Since then, I have seen another Groupon deal that I am itching to snatch up. Kevin has also expanded the collection of art available to be painted so there will surely be something that interests you!

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